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Becker's ASC Review
News & Analysis
March 30, 2011

1. Federal Investigation to Examine Whether Blue Cross Blue Shield's Pricing is Anti-Competitive. Click Here

2. Rhode Island Governor Wants to Eliminate State's Certificate of Need Process. Click Here

3. Should you sell your ASC? What price? Find out at the 9th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference - Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues (June 9-11, Chicago). Click Here If interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event, e-mail Jessica Cole at or call (800) 417-2035.

4. 7 Best Practices for Pain Centers. Click Here

5. Connecticut ASC Ophthalmologists Under State Review for Required Hospital Coverage. Click Here

6. 6 Observations About Orthopedic-Driven ASCs. Click Here

7. 7 Points on ASC Nurse Employment and Pay. Click Here

. Free Webinar: EHR in the ASC: How to Drive Cost Savings  (April 27, 1:15-2:15 Central). To register, click here.

9. Buyer Beware: 9 Factors to Consider When Purchasing Remanufactured or Refurbished Medical Equipment. Click Here
Written by Joseph Keane of STERIS Corp.

10. 6 Strategies for Surgery Centers to Address Drug Shortages. Click Here

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Hear keynote speakers including Legendary NFL Football Player and Coach Mike Ditka and Healthcare Futurist Joe Flower, and learn practical guidance to boost your ASC's profitability immediately at the 9th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference: Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues (June 9-11; Chicago). Less than 200 registration spots remain; register today!   
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1. 101 sessions and 134 speakers, including 25 CEOs and 30 physician leaders as speakers, focused on immediately useful guidance for orthopedic, spine and pain management surgeons who own ambulatory surgical centers

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3. Last year's event included 725 attendees and 65 exhibitors

4. Register before May 1 and save $100; additional discounts when registering 2 or more attendees, and for ASC Association members and paid Becker's ASC Review subscribers

5. Here are just four of the more than 100 sessions:

A. Co-Management Arrangements - Stuart Katz, Executive Director, FACHE, CASC, Tucson Orthopedic Surgery Center

Can an ASC Improve Profits Through Market Consolidation - William J. L. Kennedy, MBA, SVP Business Development, NovaMed, Inc., and Michael Weaver, Vice President, Symbion, Inc.


C. Key Ideas for Improving Orthopedic Practice Profits - David Wold, Chief Operating Officer, Illinois Joint & Bone Institute


D. The Best Ideas Now; 3 Ways to Improve Physician Owned Hospital Profits - Tom Mallon, CEO, Regent Surgical Health, Paul Kerens, Senior Executive Officer, Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, Michael J. Lipomi, Surgical Management Professionals

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